Classics Challenge 2017

This is the third year I've participated in the Back to the Classics Challenge. For a few seconds, right as I was struggling to pick my last book of 2016, I was thinking maybe I'd skip it this year. Take the easy way out. But then Karen posted the categories and I realized that of course I couldn't skip it. I love the Classics Challenge! It gets me out of my comfort zone and challenges me and I end up finding all these great books I never would have tried. You really should join in. It's a lot of fun!

I ended up switching a lot of my books around as the year went on but I still think its fun to try and pick stuff now. Here's what I'm thinking as of now.

1.  A 19th Century Classic - Oliver Twist

2.  A 20th Century Classic - 

3.  A classic by a woman author. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

I love Gaskell but because of the incomplete ending, I've avoided this. But I do want to give it a go. I think if I can live with my imagination's working on the ending of Villette, I can handle this too. 

4.  A classic in translation
Still thinking. 

5.  A classic published before 1800 - 
Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves 

An romance classic - 
Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter

7.  A Gothic or horror classic - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

8.  A classic with a number in the title - The Thirty-Nine Steps

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  

Call of the Wild. 

10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. Ivanhoe

11. An award-winning classic - The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

12. A Russian Classic - Anna Karenina
I was so excited to see this category. I really wanted to read a Russian Classic this year anyway so this is extra motivation and I don't think I'm the only one who will pick this book and I love seeing other people's thoughts about a book I just finished.

Whew, I'm kinda tired just thinking about this list. But also excited! Let's get reading!

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